Mountain Bike in the Moonlight at McDowell Mountain Park

I finally got out to one of the mountain bike night rides put on by Maricopa Parks and Recreation at McDowell Mountain Regional Park. I have been a few times in past years, but haven’t been able to make it this year. It is getting more popular every year. If you haven’t been out there for one of these, you need to go. The turn out is awesome! I heard that officially there were 140… Read More »

Mountain Bike Ride at Pemberton Trail – McDowell Mountain Park

Tysen and I went mountain biking at Pemberton Trail this morning. This was our last long training ride for the upcoming Barn Burner in Flagstaff this upcoming weekend. There has been the oddest weather this June. It was actually cool this morning at 6:30am. I think it was in the 70’s. The cool weather brought out a lot of mountain bikers to McDowell Mountain Park this morning. The strange thing was, that there were more… Read More »

Report: 2 Wheels 4 Hope Mountain Bike Benefit Race

It was the hottest day of the year so far, but that doesn’t stop mountain bikers. There was a great turn out for this years 2 Wheels 4 Hope Mountain Bike Benefit Race and Fun Ride. I’d estimate about 100 riders showed up. I’ll have to wait and check the official results for an accurate number. 75 riders showed up for this years event. This years event benefited Heidi Clayton, who was hit on her… Read More »

McDowell Competitive Track Ride

I got up early to go mountain biking today with Ramon and Aaron. Early for me is 8:30am, but I had to get up at 7am to get out to McDowell Mountain Regional Park by 8am. It took a little time to warm up but the once I got riding I felt pretty strong, surprisingly for the lack of sleep. My motivation to get up early and go mountain biking is that I am training… Read More »

2 Wheels 4 Hope – Benefit Mountain Bike Event & Fundraiser

Join fellow cyclist on June 5th, 2010 at McDowell Mountain Regional Park Competitive Track to raise funds for Heidi Clayton. Heidi is a local cyclist who was hit by a car in Ahwatukee. Her back was broken and she is now in recovery after surgery. She has no paralysis but has a long road to recovery. She has become an accomplished racer both on the road and on the mountain bike. Here are some of… Read More »

Epic Pemberton Mountain Bike Ride

I set off to get a good mountain bike training ride in for the Whiskey Off-Road Race today out at Pemberton Trail in the McDowell Mountain Regional Park. I accomplished that, but was in for a much longer day than I had expected. My first lap of the 15.4 mile loop started off great. I stopped a few times to take some photos of the spring flowers, so my time doesn’t reflect a fast lap,… Read More »

McDowell Mountain Regional Park

View Larger Map Nestled in the lower Verde River basin, the 21,099-acre park is a desert jewel in the northeast Valley. Elevations in the park rise to 3,000 feet along the western boundary at the base of the McDowell Mountains. Visitors enjoy a full program schedule, over 50 miles of multiuse trails, and spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ranges. A stroll through the park will allow visitors to likely see deer, javelina, birds, and… Read More »

McDowell Competitive Track – McDowell Mountain Regional Park

On January 10th 1998 McDowell Park opened the 1st of 3 loops of a new competitive track at the park. Today, the track offers three loops totaling 15 miles: one for the experts, one for intermediate riders, and one for the average rider. Each loop offers a variety of obstacles to test the riders skills. The track consists of steep inclines, swooping turns, technical descents, and rugged terrain. This competitive track is geared for mountain… Read More »

Pemberton – McDowell Mountain Regional Park

The 15.3 mile trail has been altered within the last year. There used to be a very rocky climb and the middle section was filled with fun whoop de doos. Both of these sections have been removed. The trail starts with a short gradual decline to a 4 mile very gradual climb. Then it hits the new section with mostly flat riding. The last 8 mile section is my favorite. It is a double track… Read More »